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The Miami Heat snap the Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak, 104 to 98

The Miami Heat snap the Boston Celtics’ 16-game winning streak, 104 to 98

The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics rivalry is one that stems back to the 2010 NBA Playoffs but things have seemed to calm down lately.  The Celtics are currently on a 16-game winning streak and they hope to extend it to seventeen as they take on the Heat for the second time this season in South Beach.  Last time that these two clubs met up, the Celtics pulled away with a 96 to 90 victory.  In that game, Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and one block.  Goran Dragic had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

INACTIVES:

Boston Celtics:

Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.3 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)

Miami Heat:

Bam Adebayo (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 60.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Derrick Walton (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
AJ Hammons (G-League)
Matt Williams (G-League)
Okaro White (foot; 3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Rodney McGruder (tibia)

GAMETIME:

The Miami Heat would open things up the right way as they shot fifty-one percent from the field in the first half, limiting the Boston Celtics to thirty-three percent.  Goran Dragic got hot for 20 points as he knocked down two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had four defensive rebounds and two assists while former Timberwolves guard Wayne Ellington had nine points and four defensive rebounds.  Dion Waiters dished off six assists in the half while Hassan Whiteside gathered up five defensive rebounds.  Tyler Johnson played 13 minutes off of the Miami beach as he recorded seven points with a three-pointer late in the first quarter.

As for the opposing team, Jayson Tatum scored ten points while collecting five rebounds and three assists.  Kyrie Irving settled for nine points on forty-four percent shooting from the field.  Al Horford ended up with two points but he would get his hands on two offensive rebounds and three defensive rebounds while blocking one shot.  Marcus Smart played the most minutes off of the bench but was just kept at two points as the Heat went into halftime with a huge 54-41 advantage.

The Boston Celtics would hope to come back in the second half as they outscored the home team, 57-50.  Kyrie Irving would heat up for fourteen points while shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  Marcus Morris chalked up eleven points with seven of them coming from the free-throw line.  Horford collected four defensive rebounds while Marcus Smart gave out two kind assists.  Terry Rozier played the most minutes off of the bench as he gave five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the charity stripe.

As for the Florida team, Dion Waiters would score an incredible 18 points while hitting two huge three-pointers late in the fourth quarter.  Former Celtics’ player Kelly Olynyk had four rebounds while Whiteside and Justise Winslow had five rebounds each.  Tyler Johnson played 15 minutes off of the bench while dropping nine points as the Miami Heat end the Celtics’ winning streak with a 104-98 victory.  Goran Dragic finished the game with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal.  Kyrie Irving would finish with 23 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Miami Heat will visit Minnesota to take on Karl-Anthony Towns (20.4 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.4 APG) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-7) for the last time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m.  The Heat and the Timberwolves have met up a total of 55 times with the Heat winning 32 games while the Timberwolves won 23 of them.  The last time that they battled each other was on October 30 as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 125-122 overtime victory.  In that game, Jeff Teague had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, and 6 steals while Dion Waiters finished with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

The Boston Celtics will host Evan Fournier (19.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.2 APG) and the Orlando Magic (8-10) for the second time this season on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  These two clubs have battled it out a total of 125 times with the Celtics winning 69 games while the Magic won 56 games.  The last time they met up was on November 5 as the Celtics handed the Magic a 104-88 blowout loss.  In that game, Jaylen Brown scored 18 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, dished off 1 assist, and committed 2 steals.  Aaron Gordon had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.

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Celtics extend their winning streak to 14 games with a 92-88 win over the Warriors

Celtics extend their winning streak to 14 games with a 92-88 win over the Warriors

As of right now, the Boston Celtics have the longest winning streak in the league and they hoped to extend it as they hosted the defending champion, Golden State Warriors, last night.  These two teams have met up a total of 360 times with the Celtics winning 218 games and the Warriors winning 142 games.  With Stephen Curry (24.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG), the Warriors hoped to snap the Celtics’ winning streak as they meet up for the first time this season.

INACTIVES:

Golden State Warriors:

Patrick McCaw (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Jordan Bell (3.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones
Chris Boucher (G-League)

Boston Celtics:

Shane Larkin (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 28.3 FG%, 27.8 3P%)
Abdel Nader (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.5 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Guerschon Yabusele (coach’s decision; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Gordon Hayward (ankle; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jabari Bird (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kadeem Allen (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Warriors would play at a top-level at the beginning as they shot forty-one percent from the field in the first half, keeping the home team at thirty percent.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder’s forward Kevin Durant would heat the floor up with 12 points as he collected two defensive rebounds.  Nick Young would knock down two three-pointers in the first quarter while Draymond Green had three points to put with his four rebounds.  Stephen Curry would shoot only thirteen percent from the field while receiving just four points but he did pull down six rebounds.  Andre Iguodala played 16 minutes off of the bench but only scored six points.

Jaylen Brown would keep the Celtics in it as he chalked up eleven points which included one three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had five rebounds as Al Horford helped out with eight points and five defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would be kept to five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds and dished off three assists.  Marcus Smart played the most minutes off of the bench but he was held scoreless even though he pulled down two rebounds.  The Warriors would head into the locker room with a 47-42 advantage.

The Boston Celtics would respond as they outscored the Golden State team in the second half, 50 to 41.  Brown would keep things going during that run as he recorded eleven more points with two three-pointers in the third period.  He also had two rebounds while Irving started to heat up with eleven points of his own.  Kyrie Irving had three defensive rebounds and three assists to put with his scoring total, as well.  Horford continued to impress with ten points and six rebounds.  Smart played 15 minutes off of the Boston bench but was limited to just a free-throw but he did manage to get ahold of five rebounds and two assists.

Durant tried to keep his team in it as he posted up ten points on sixty-three percent shooting from the field.  Draymond Green helped out with eight points as he drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the third quarter.  He also had four rebounds as Klay Thompson contributed with eight points and four rebounds.  Curry continued to struggle as he was limited to just five points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth.  Iguodala played 14 minutes off of the bench only to score two points from the charity stripe as the Celtics pull away with a 92 to 88 win.  Jaylen Brown finished the game with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and a season-high 2 blocks.  Kevin Durant would finish with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Golden State Warriors will travel to Pennsylvania to take on Joel Embiid (23.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.5 APG) and the Philadelphia 76ers (8-6) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  These two teams have met up a total of 348 times with the Warriors winning 162 games while the 76ers/Nationals won 186 of the games.  The last time that these teams met up was on November 11 as the Warriors easily pulled away with a 135-114 victory.  Kevin Durant finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks while J.J. Redick finished that game with 17 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

The Boston Celtics will head down south to Georgia to battle Dennis Schroder (19.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 6.8 APG) and the Atlanta Hawks (3-12) for the second time this season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  The Celtics and the Hawks have met up a total of 440 times with the Celtics winning 269 of the games while the Hawks won 171 of them.  The last time that these teams have met up was on November 6 as the Celtics snuck away with a 110-107 win.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with 35 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Dennis Schroder ended up finishing with 23 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

The Celtics extend their winning streak to nine as they hand the Hawks a 110 to 107 loss

The Celtics extend their winning streak to nine as they hand the Hawks a 110 to 107 loss

The first quarter of this matchup would be held close as the Hawks shot forty-five percent from the field while the Celtics shot thirty-nine percent. Former Hawks’ forward Al Horford would start off with seven points, earning three of them from beyond the arc. Horford collected four defensive rebounds while Kyrie Irving gave five points which would include one three-pointer.

Jaylen Brown chalked up four points with two coming from the free-throw line. Terry Rozier came off of the bench to dropped a three-pointer while Jayson Tatum was held to just two points and one defensive rebound.

As for the Atlanta team, Luke Babbitt would score five points off of one-hundred percent shooting from the field. He collected three of them from behind the arc while Dewayne Dedmon would score five points, as well, with three from beyond the arc, too. Kent Bazemore was held to two points but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds. Marco Belinelli was kept three points, two assists, and two steals as Boston went into the second quarter with a 26-25 lead.

The Hawks would respond in the second quarter as they shot sixty-two, holding the Celtics to fifty percent. Dennis Schroder would heat up eleven points on eighty percent shooting. He earned three of those points from behind the arc while Dedmon contributed with eight points, three defensive rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.

Irving lit the floor up with eleven points, as well, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so. Tatum would contribute with four points, two defensive rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Brown would knock down a three-pointer while Rozier did the same. Horford was held to just two points, one rebound, and two assists as both teams went into halftime tied, 54 apiece.

The Celtics would have something to say in the third as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Hawks to just thirty-three percent. Jayson Tatum would start to heat up as he scores ten points, six coming from behind the three-point line. Kyrie helped out with seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process. Irving also had four assists while Horford collected six points, three rebounds, and two assists. Smart was held to just a three-pointer but he did pull down three rebounds while dishing off three assists.

Schroder ended up scoring eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc.  He also recorded two defensive rebounds and two assists while Taurean Prince drilled a three-pointer.  Luke Babbitt also collected a three-pointer while getting his hands on two defensive rebounds in the nine minutes that he played as the Celtics went into the last period with an 82-75 lead.

The Atlanta Hawks went on a 32 to 28 run in the fourth quarter as they shot forty-eight percent from the field but the Celtics still shot fifty percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would light the floor up with twelve points on seventy-one percent shooting from the field.  He would drill a three-pointer while doing so as Semi Ojeleye came off the bench to knock down two three-pointers.  Terry Rozier was kept to two points but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.

On the other end of the floor, Belinelli scored nine points with three coming from beyond the arc and four from the free-throw line.  Malcolm Delaney played the entire quarter as he hits three 3-pointers but it was the Boston Celtics who pull away with a 110 to 107 win.  Kyrie Irving finished with thirty-five points, three rebounds, and seven assists.  Dennis Schroder would finish with twenty-three points, two rebounds, six assists, and two steals.

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics would meet for the first time this season, which marked the first of two games that these teams would play against each other.  The Celtics have lost the last eleven matchups to the Spurs but things would be different as the Boston team will have Kyrie Irving.  The Spurs were without Darrun Hilliard, Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle), Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (coach’s decision), and Manu Ginobili (rest).  The Celtics would be without Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, and Marcus Morris (knee).  The Celtics looked to extend their winning streak to five as they hosted the Spurs at the TD Garden.

The Boston Celtics would start the game off impressively as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as the Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds and dished off one assist.  Kyrie Irving also scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He dished off two assists, as well, while Al Horford recorded four defensive records and three assists to go along with the six points he put up.

On the other end of the court, Texas-native LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played.  He also pulled down two defensive rebounds as Rudy Gay came off of the bench to chalk up four points with two of them coming from the free-throw line.  Pau Gasol was limited to just a three-pointer as well as Danny Green.  Brandon Paul would come off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer and grab two defensive rebounds but it was the Celtics who ended the first quarter with a 30 to 26 lead.

The Celtics would continue to own the show as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second quarter, holding the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Former Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would continue to impress as he drops seven more points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to grab one defensive rebound and dish off three assists as Marcus Smart collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Horford and Jayson Tatum would earn three defensive rebounds while rookie Daniel Theis recorded three offensive rebounds.

As for the Texas team, Bryn Forbes came off of the bench to drop two three-pointers while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Gay only scored five points while Danny Green played ten minutes and was held to just a three-pointer.  Patty Mills came off of the bench to put in a three-pointer while Aldridge scored two points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.  Kyle Anderson was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he would collect two offensive rebounds as the Celtics headed into halftime with a 54-49 advantage.

The home team would go on a 26 to 18 run in the third period as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the San Antonio team shot thirty-three percent.  Kyrie Irving would continue to contribute as he chalks up eight more points with six coming from behind the arc.  Brown would play for the entire quarter as he put up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  Aron Baynes ended up with four points in the period as Al Horford collected two points, two offensive rebounds, and three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul collected six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Gay would put up five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process as Gasol would be limited to just three points.  Gasol did, however, grab three defensive rebounds while Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills were held to two points each.  Anderson was kept scoreless as he pulled down two defensive rebounds but it was still the Massachusetts team that went into the fourth quarter with a huge 80 to 67 lead.

The Boston Celtics would close things out in the last period as they shot fifty percent from the field while the San Antonio Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jayson Tatum would connect for two three-pointers while he grabbed down two defensive rebounds.  Horford ended up with four points while Terry Rozier got hot for ten points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Marcus Smart was held scoreless but did manage to dish off five assists.

Brandon Paul would continue to contribute to the Spurs scoring as he puts nine additional points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He took three of those points from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Kyle Anderson would make up for last quarter as he posts up five points including one three-pointer.  Pau Gasol would be limited to three points but would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Davis Bertans came off the bench to earn three points, two rebounds, and three assists but it was the Boston Celtics who easily pull out a 108 to 94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with twenty-four points, two rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  Brandon Paul finished with eighteen points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

The Boston Celtics crawl away with a 96-90 victory over the Miami Heat

Last night’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat would mark the first of three games that these two teams play against each other.  This rivalry was somewhat renewed when Kelly Olynyk joined the Heat after being cut by the Celtics.  The Celtics would be without Marcus Morris (knee) and Kadeem Allen as the Heat would play without A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton and Hassan Whiteside (knee).

During the first quarter of the game, the Miami team would shoot forty-eight percent from the field while the Celtics shot forty-three percent from the field.  Goran Dragic chalked up seven points while shooting sixty percent from the field, connecting for one three-pointer in the process.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while dishing off one assist.  Josh Richardson ended up playing for the entire quarter as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He scored five points in return as Dion Waiters collected five points of his own while grabbing three defensive rebounds.  Olynyk would score five points, as well, which included one three-pointer.

Rookie forward Jayson Tatum shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field in the twelve minutes that he played.  He ended up receiving seven points in the process which three came from beyond the arc.  Al Horford would collect five points while grabbing three defensive rebounds and giving out one assist.  Kyrie Irving would play for eight minutes but was only held to a three-pointer while pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Marcus Smart was limited to four points as the home team ended the beginning period with a 26 to 21 lead.

The Celtics would respond in the second quarter as they shot forty-one percent from the field while the Heat shot thirty-eight percent.  Smart chalked up eight points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He ended up connecting for two three-pointers in the process while grabbing one defensive rebound and dishing out two assists.  Kyrie Irving scored six points while collecting one defensive rebound and one assist in the eight minutes that he played.  Aron Baynes would post four points with two coming from beyond the arc while grabbing two rebounds.

As for the Miami team, Richardson would continue to impress as he chalks up six points on fifty percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson contributed with five points as he pulled down two defensive rebounds in the eight minutes that he played.  Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic, and Justise Winslow would be held to two points each.  Kelly Olynyk was also limited to two points but managed to grab four defensive rebounds as the Boston team went into halftime with a tight 47-45 lead.

The Celtics went on a 27 to 18 run in the third quarter as they held the South Beach team to thirty-seven percent shooting from the field while they, on the other hand, shot fifty-three percent.  Tatum continued to impress as he added nine more points to his scoring total, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Irving shot seventy-five percent from the field while receiving six points in return.  Horford played for eleven minutes only to be held to four points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, James Johnson shot fifty percent from the field while scoring five points in return.  He earned three of those points from behind the three-point line Josh Richardson would be held to just a three-pointer.  Former Grizzlies’ guard Wayne Ellington came off of the bench to drill a three-pointer while Dragic was held to two points.  Olynyk would play for four minutes just to be held to one free-throw while the Celtics closed the quarter out with a 74-63 lead.

The Miami Heat would attempt to come back as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Massachusetts team shot thirty-two percent from the field.  Former Houston Rockets’ guard Goran Dragic would heat up for eleven points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field.  James Johnson collected six points and one assist in the ten minutes that he played while Olynyk would settle for six points and three rebounds.  Winslow was held to two points off the bench but did manage to pull down five defensive rebounds.

As for the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving would chalk up nine points which would include one three-pointer.  He also collected one defensive rebound while Jayson Tatum scored four points with two coming from the free-throw line.  Al Horford was held to three points and two assists in the eight minutes that he played.  Terry Rozier would come off of the bench to earn two points and two defensive rebounds as the Boston Celtics ran away with a 96 to 90 win over the Miami Heat.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-four points, four rebounds, and three assists.  Goran Dragic would finish with twenty-two points, three rebounds, and four assists.

The Boston Celtics grab their first win of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-92

The Boston Celtics grab their first win of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-92

The Boston Celtics would look bounce back from a 0-2 start as they visited Pennsylvania to take on their division rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers.  This would mark the first of four games that these two teams would play against each other as the 76ers hoped to avoid a 0-2 start in the regular season.  It’s been five years since the 76ers made the playoffs but with the new addition of Markelle Fultz, they have their eyes set on coming out of that drought.

The first quarter would be held closely as the 76ers shot thirty-three percent from the field and the Celtics shot thirty-eight percent from the field.  Jayson Tatum would score six points as he shot fifty percent from the field.  He would also pull down two defensive rebounds as Al Horford put up five points, three coming from beyond the arc and the other two coming from the free-throw line.  Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field, earning five points.  He collected three of them from behind the arc as he recorded four rebounds and two assists.

On the other end of the floor, J.J. Redick would also put up six points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the process.  Jerryd Bayless ended up scoring five points as he nailed a three-pointer, as well.  Joel Embiid would only be limited to two points which he earned all from the free-throw line but he did manage to grab three defensive rebounds as the Boston team headed into the second period with a 24 to 21 lead.

During the second quarter, the Boston Celtics would shoot forty-five percent from the field as the Philadelphia 76ers shot forty-four percent.  Ben Simmons would shoot fifty percent from the field as he chalks up seven points.  He also grabs five rebounds as Redick would continue to add to his scoring total by knocking down two more three-pointers.  Dario Saric and Markelle Fultz would each be limited to four points off the bench but Saric managed to collect two offensive rebounds as Fultz grabbed one defensive rebound.

As for the Celtics, Brown chalked up seven points as he nailed a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as Irving scored seven points, as well.  Horford would knock down a three-pointer to give himself three points as he recorded one defensive rebound and one assist.  Terry Rozier would be held scoreless in the ten minutes that he played but did manage to grab four defensive rebounds as the 76ers entered halftime with a slight 50 to 46 advantage.

The Philadelphia team would come out of the locker room shooting thirty-six percent from the field, limiting the Celtics to twenty-six percent from the field.  J.J. Redick chalked up five more points as he knocked down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot fifty percent from the field as he earns five points along with four defensive rebounds.  Fultz would only be limited to two points in the five minutes that he played.

On the other end of the court, Rozier would shoot sixty percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  2013-2014 NBA champion Aron Baynes would record six points as he pulled down two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Irving would be held to only two points in the eleven minutes that he played but he would manage to get ahold of one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the 76ers closed the third quarter with a 72-69 lead.

The Boston Celtics would look to make a comeback in the last quarter as they sparked up a 33 to 20 run, shooting sixty-seven percent from the field while holding the home team to thirty-nine percent.  Al Horford would start to heat up for nine points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He would nail a three-pointer while doing so, along with pulling down two defensive rebounds.  Shane Larkin would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field while collecting eight points.  He would earn three of them from behind the arc while recording two rebounds and two assists.  Kyrie Irving would only shoot forty percent but would score seven points, earning three of them from the charity stripe.

Robert Covington would help the 76ers out as he puts up six points and pulls down two offensive rebounds.  Bayless would record five points as he drills a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Joel Embiid would drop four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds.  Redick ended up shooting twenty-five percent while only scoring two points in the twelve minutes that he played.  Simmons would score two points, pull down two rebounds and dish off two assists but it was the Boston Celtics who escape with a 102 to 92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.  Kyrie Irving finished with twenty-one points, six rebounds, and four assists as J.J. Redick would finish with nineteen points and four assists.  Joel Embiid would tie his career-high in rebounds as he pulled down a total of fourteen in this game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 116 to 97

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks were coming fresh off wins against the Boston Celtics each.  They looked to grab a second win as LeBron James and the Cavaliers visited Wisconsin to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Last season, the Bucks finished at sixth place in the Eastern Conference but would lose to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 2-4.

The first quarter of the game would be held tightly as the Bucks shot fifty percent from the field while the Cavaliers shot forty-five percent from the field.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would light the floor up with eleven points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He would also do some work on the boards as he grabbed three defensive rebounds.  Dwyane Wade shot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only be held to four points but he did record one defensive rebound and two assists.  Derrick Rose would also score four but he earned two of them from the charity stripe as LeBron James and Jae Crowder would be limited to two points each.  J.R. Smith would also be held to two points but he did manage to grab two defensive rebounds.

As for the Bucks, California-native Tony Snell would drill two three-pointers to earn himself six points while Malcolm Brogdon would do the exact same thing.  Antetokounmpo would be limited to five points but he did gobble up two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Greg Monroe would come off the bench to score four and pull down three rebounds as both teams would head into the second quarter tied at 25 points apiece.

During the second period, the Ohio team would shoot sixty percent from the field as they limit the home team to forty-eight percent.  Giannis Antetokounmpo would start to heat up as he chalks up ten points while shooting fifty-six percent from the field.  He would also record one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds, and three assists in the process of doing so.  Brogdon ended up scoring five points with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.

On the other end of the court, James would put up six points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  Rose would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he records six additional points, two of those coming from the free-throw line.  Former Utah Jazz’s shooting guard Kyle Korver would come off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers as Jeff Green would also put up six points.  Kevin Love would play for six minutes as he is held to only two points but he would grab two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers head into halftime with a 55-49 lead.

In the third quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field while the Milwaukee Bucks shot forty-seven percent from the field.  Antetokounmpo would continue to impress as he chalks up eleven more points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  Thon Maker would record five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also collect three rebounds as Snell would connect for three while grabbing two defensive rebounds.

As for the Cavaliers, Korver would continue to add to his scoring total as he rallies in three three-pointers, earning himself nine points.  LeBron James would play for the entire quarter but would only put up eight points but he did grab two rebounds while dishing off three assists.  Crowder would earn eight points with six of them coming from beyond the arc as Rose and Wade would be held scoreless.  Love would be held to two points but he managed to pull down two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the visiting team went into the fourth quarter with an 86-73 advantage.

The Cleveland team would close things out in the fourth quarter as they went on a 30 to 24 run, shooting sixty-three percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to only thirty-nine percent.  LeBron James would add eight more points to his scoring total while connecting for two three-pointers.  Tristan Thompson would end up chalking up six points while collecting two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Both him and James would shot seventy-five percent from the field while J.R. Smith would come off the bench to score five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Wade would be held scoreless in the eleven minutes that he played.

As for the Bucks, Antetokounmpo would chalk up eight points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Former Detriot Pistons’ shooting guard Khris Middleton would put up four points as he earned two of them from the free-throw line.  Matthew Dellavedova and Sterling Brown would both come off the bench to hit a three-pointer each but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the Milwaukee Bucks a 116-97 loss.  Lebron James finished the game with twenty-four points, five rebounds, and eight assists as Giannis Antetokounmpo would finish with thirty-four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull away with a 102-99 win over the Boston Celtics, spoiling Kyrie Irving’s return

Last night’s matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics would mark the first of three matchups between each other.  Last season, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-1.  This season is a little different for both teams:  During the offseason, one of the biggest trades were made which involved Kyrie Irving being traded to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas.  Isaiah Thomas was unable to play last night due to a hip injury but Irving looked forward to playing in front of the Cleveland crowd in a different jersey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty percent from the field as a team in the first quarter while the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  Georgia-native Jaylen Brown shot forty-three percent from the field as he collected seven points.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds as new-point guard Kyrie Irving would shoot sixty percent from the field, earning six points.  Gordon Hayward would only score two points before going up for an alley-oop and landing awkwardly on his leg, breaking his ankle.  He would have to be carted off the court as he only recorded five minutes.

On the other end of the court, J.R. Smith recorded six points which would include one three-pointer.  New-shooting guard Dwyane Wade and Tristan Thompson would score five points each but Thompson would also grab three defensive rebounds.  LeBron James chalked up four points, along with four defensive rebounds and four assists.  New-Cavaliers players Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose would also score four points as the Ohio team ended the first quarter with a 29 to 19 lead.

In the second quarter, the Cavaliers shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Celtics would end up shooting thirty-three percent from the field.  James would start to heat up as he dropped ten points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He also pulled down three defensive rebounds and dished off two assists.  Crowder would score seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the free-throw line.  Kevin Love and Derrick Rose would both chalk up three points each but Love would add one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds with it while Rose gave out two assists.

As for the visiting team, Brown chalked up five points with three coming from behind the three-point line as he pulled down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  Former San Antonio Spurs’ center Aron Baynes would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself four points while Kyrie Irving recorded three points, one coming from the free-throw line.  Terry Rozier would knock a shot down from behind the arc to give himself three points but it was the Cavaliers who went into halftime with a huge 54 to 38 lead over the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics would start to pick up in the third quarter as they shot fifty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Cavaliers to thirty-two percent.  Marcus Smart would heat up for twelve points while collecting two defensive rebounds and two assists.  Both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ended up with eight points while Irving was limited to one three-pointer.

On the other end of the floor, Love would drop six points while grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.  Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose would earn five points, three of them coming from beyond the arc while Wade would settle for three points.  LeBron James would play for nine minutes, only to score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds as the Celtics ended the third quarter with a thirty-three to eighteen run.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would shoot fifty-eight percent from the field in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics shot thirty-five percent from the field.  LeBron James would light the floor up with thirteen points including one three-pointer.  He also grabbed one offensive rebound and five defensive rebounds.  Both Love and Rose would each score five points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  They both would each knock down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.

Irving would heat up for ten points, nine coming from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.  He would also dish off three assists while Brown would score five points including one three-pointer.  Tatum would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only settle for four points.

With one minute and four seconds remaining in the game, the Cavaliers would have a one-point lead.  Out of a Cleveland timeout, James would find Love in the corner for a wide-open three-pointer, giving the home team a four-point lead.  Kyrie Irving would then get fouled, sending him to the free-throw line as he only connects for one of his two free-throws.  Right before the game expires, Irving would attempt a three-pointer to force overtime but would not be successful in doing so as the Cavaliers hold on to win the game, 102 to 99.  LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, sixteen rebounds and nine assists while Jaylen Brown would finish with twenty-five points and six rebounds.

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

The Golden State Warriors hold on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning their fifth NBA title

Monday night marked the fifth game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in their Finals series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cleveland Cavaliers would bounce back in the last game as they hand the Warriors a 137-116 blowout loss.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant would settle for thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.  The Warriors looked to close the series out on Monday night as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers would start the game off right as they shoot sixty-three percent from the field as a team in the first quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-two percent.  LeBron James would score twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot fifty-six percent from the field.  Kyrie Irving would also put up twelve points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn himself six points.  He would also grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound while dishing off two assists.  J.R. Smith would chalk up five points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards to get two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Stephen Curry would earn twelve points, as well, along with two defensive rebounds.  Kevin Durant would shoot sixty percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  Former Clippers player, Shaun Livingston, would come off the bench to drop five points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  Draymond Green would play for eleven minutes only to be held to three points, one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the Cleveland Cavaliers end the first quarter with a 37-33 lead.

The Oakland team would respond with a 38 to 23 run in the second quarter as Durant heats up for thirteen points, shooting eighty percent from the field.  He would earn nine of those points from beyond the arc as he crashes the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Curry would contribute with eight points as he drills a three-pointer in the process.  Stephen Curry would also collect one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound and four assists.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to put up eight points of his own, along with one defensive rebound and two assists.  Green would drop five points while grabbing one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and dishing off three assists.

As for the visiting team, James would add nine more points to his scoring total as he shoots sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would collect three of those points from beyond the arc as pulls down two defensive rebounds and throws out one assist.  Former Knicks player, J.R. Smith, would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he settles for eight points.  He would knock down two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  Irving would knock down a three-pointer and a free-throw to give himself four points.  He would also grab one offensive rebound, two defensive rebounds and give out three assists.  Tristan Thompson would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field but would only be rewarded with two points as the Golden State Warriors walk into  halftime with a 71-60 lead.

The Cavaliers would come into the third quarter, sparking a 33 to 27 lead.  During that run, Kyrie Irving would chalk up ten points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  Canada-native Tristan Thompson would put up seven points while pulling down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  LeBron James would be limited to six points but would grab one offensive rebound, five defensive rebounds and dish off five assists.  J.R. Smith would contribute to the run with six points as he knocks down two three-pointers.

On the other end of the floor, Durant would put up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Klay Thompson would help out as he drills two three-pointers, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Two-time NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, would be limited to five points, collecting three of them from the free-throw line.  Iguodala would come off the bench to earn five points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He would also pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound as the home team would close the third quarter with a 98-93 lead.

The Warriors would finish things off in the last period as Kevin Durant would throw up eleven points, collecting three of them from beyond the arc.  He would also crash the boards for two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Curry would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field to get himself nine points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  He would also take down one defensive rebound while dishing off three assists.  As for the visiting team, James would go off for fourteen points while shooting seventy percent from the field.  He would grab two defensive rebounds and throw out two assists while doing so.  Smith would knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Kevin Love would chalk up four points while grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds.  Kyle Korver would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer but it was the Golden State Warriors who pull away with a 129 to 120 victory, winning the NBA Finals, 4-1.  This would also mark the fifth time the Golden State Warriors would win a NBA title and the first time that Kevin Durant would earn a NBA championship.  Kevin Durant would finish with thirty-nine points, six rebounds and five assists.  He would also be named NBA Finals MVP.  LeBron James finished with forty-one points, thirteen rebounds and eight assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

The Cleveland Cavaliers hand the Golden State Warriors an unexpected loss, making the series 3-1

Friday night marked the fourth game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their playoff series.  The first game was a victory for the Warriors as they hand the Cavaliers a blowout loss, 113-91.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off eight assists.  LeBron James finished with twenty-eight points, fifteen rebounds and eight assists.  The Warriors would also win Game 2 with a 132 to 113 score.  Kevin Durant finished with thirty-three points, thirteen rebounds and six assists.  LeBron James settled for twenty-nine points, eleven rebounds and fourteen assists.  The Golden State Warriors would pull away in the third game with a 118-113 win.  In that game, Kevin Durant scored thirty-one points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished off four assists.  LeBron James finished with thirty-nine points, eleven rebounds and nine assists.  The Cavaliers looked to avoid a series sweep as they host the Warriors in the Quicken Loans Arena.

The home team started the game off right as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field as a team in the opening quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-eight percent.  During the first quarter, Kevin Love would shoot sixty-seven percent from the field as he earns fourteen points.  He would knock down three 3-pointers as he crashes the boards for two defensive rebounds.  Kyrie Irving would score eleven points as he shoots eighty percent from the field, drilling two three-pointers in the process of doing so.  LeBron James would put up eight points as he takes down one offensive rebound, three defensive rebounds and gives out six assists.  J.R. Smith would also help out with two three-pointers.

On the other end of the court, Kevin Durant would chalk up ten points while shooting fifty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc and the other five from the free-throw line.  Draymond Green would score seven points which would include one three-pointer.  He would also jump up to pull down one offensive rebound and one defensive rebound.  The 2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he is rewarded with four points.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer but it was the Cleveland Cavaliers who end the first quarter with a 49-33 lead.

In the second quarter, Kyrie Irving would shoot seventy-eight percent from the field to earn himself seventeen points, knocking down two three-pointers in the process.   He would also dish off four assists as LeBron James would drop fourteen points while shooting eighty-three percent from the field.  James would also grab two defensive rebounds while giving out two assists.  Both Kevin Love and J.R. Smith would each be limited to a three-pointer but Love would also pull down two offensive rebounds.

Eight-time All-Star, Kevin Durant, would chalk up twelve points as he shoots eighty percent from the field.  He would earn three of those points from beyond the arc as he pulls down one defensive rebound and throws out two assists.  Shaun Livingston would come off the bench to also shoot eighty percent from the field but was only rewarded with eight points.  Former Indiana Pacers player, David West, would also come off the bench to drop four points while Stephen Curry would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.  Klay Thompson would be limited to one three-pointer while Green would score two points.  Green would also dish out four assists while pulling down three offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds as the Cavaliers would enter halftime with a commanding 86 to 68 lead.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Cavaliers shoot fifty-six percent from the field as a team in the third quarter, limiting the Warriors to forty-four percent.  James would cool down as he only scores seven points but he would shoot fifty percent from the field.  He would also knock down a three-pointer while Kevin Love would drill two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Former Utah Jazz player, Deron Williams, would come off the bench to shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points.  Williams would earn three of those points from behind the arc while Irving would be limited to one three-pointer and one free-throw.

On the other end of the court, Durant would throw up twelve points which would include one three-pointer.  He would shoot thirty-three percent from the field while collecting two offensive rebounds.  Curry would shoot seventy-five percent from the field to earn himself eight points which would contain one three-pointer.  He would also give out four assists while crashing the boards for one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Draymond Green would score five points while pulling down one offensive rebound and four defensive rebounds.  Thompson would only be limited to one three-pointer as the Cleveland team walks into the last period with a 115-96 lead.

The home team would close things out in the fourth quarter as Kyrie Irving would chalk up eight more additional points, which would include two three-pointers.  He would do some work on the boards, as well, grabbing two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Former Knicks player, Iman Shumpert, would come off the bench to drill a three-pointer while Smith would do the exact same thing.  LeBron James would only score two points but he would pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists.

Kevin Durant would be held scoreless in the field but he would collect four points from the charity stripe.  Thompson would also settle for four points but he would earn three of them from the three-point line and the other one from the free-throw line.  Bench player, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw would each knock down a three-pointer while Curry would play for six minutes, only to be held scoreless.  Draymond Green would pull down two defensive rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers easily defeat the Warriors, 137 to 116.  Kyrie Irving would finish with forty points, seven rebounds and four assists.  Kevin Durant ended with thirty-five points, four rebounds and four assists.